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Forests and Related Resources




The Forests and Related Resources topiarea aims to addresthe health, diversity and productivity of the Nationforestand grasslands tmeet the needof present and futurgenerations through the development of environmentally sound approaches tincrease productivity of forest lands, improve sustainability of forest resources, and develop value-added materials derived from woody resources. New technologieare needed to enhancthe protection othNations forested lands and forest resources and helto ensurthe continued existence of healthy and productivforest ecosystems.  Proposals focused on sustainable bioenergy and development of value-added biofuelfrom woody biomass, and on the influence oclimatchange on forest health and productivity arstrongly encouraged.  Proposalthat utilize nanotechnologin their approach to developing new wood-based products or that utilizwood-based nano-materials aralso encouraged.


To meet the identified needs iforestry and wood utilization, the programs long-tergoals (10 years) arto achieve increased utilization of woody resourcefor value-added productfrom wood; healthy and sustainable foresecosystems that armore resilient to wildfires and the impact of pathogens and insects; improved environmental and economimethods of sustainable harvesting; and improved growth and yield of forest species that willead to more efficienuse of forested lands.


FY2016 Research Priorities:


Examples of appropriate subtopics for research applicationfrom small businesses include, but are not limited to thfollowing


1. Growth and Yield – Improving growing stock, tissue culture, genetimanipulation or vegetative reproduction of forestrees,and other means of increasing the regenerative abilities of forests; developing systems tincrease the survival of newly planted trees through mechanical, physical or chemical means thaare environmentally safe and through improved nutrient/water utilization; reducing the adverse impact of pathogens and insectby developing better methods to monitor infestations and improved controstrategies for combating insects and pathogens that attack importanwoody species.


2.     Increasing the Utility of Forest-Grown Material– Research timprove the yield of lumber, pulp fibeand specialty chemicalfrom trees; utilizing a greater percentage of thtree through improved techniques of production, for thcreation of new or improved reconstituted products; developing better methods fomanufacturing wood-based products and testing products for performance and durabilityand developing improved methods fothe production of paper.


3.     Reducing Ecological Damage by Forest Operations – Research to reduce soil erosion, compaction, water degradation or other alterations caused by harvesting and/or other forest operations, provisions for the economic recovery of resources from forests while raising potential productivity and reducing impacts to the ecological structure of the area of operation.


4.     Urban Forestry – Research to promote the growth of forested land in urban areas, such as greenways, parks, and strategically planted urban trees, to address problems of forest fragmentation, the introduction of invasive species, and the impact of urban forested land on air and water quality and quality of life improvements. 


5.     ClimatChange– Research to address the issue of ecosystem adaptation to climate change, ways to enhance carbon sequestration and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, development of decision support toolfoforesmanagers and marketfor forest ecosystem services. 


6.     Developing Technology that Facilitates the Management of Wildfires on Forest Lands– Research that provides systems for detecting and managing wildfires; systems foreducing fuel loads iforests; tools and equipment foimproving the efficacy and safety of fire fighters on the ground and in the air; and communication and navigation systems for improving the coordination of firmanagement activities.


7.      SustainablBioenergy and DevelopmenoValue-Added ProductFroForest ResourcesResearch for development of improved methods for the conversion oforest biomass into cellulosic biofuel(e.g. ethanol, biobutanoljetaviation) and biobased products, including intermediate chemicalsdevelopment of new wood-based compositmaterials; development of locascale energy conversion projectthagenerate electricity and/or useful heat; and development of technologies that wilmitigate carbon release from combustion.



ContacDr. CharleCleland, NPL for SBIR Forests and Related Resources or (202) 401-6852 regarding questions about the topic area or to arrange a telephone consultation.

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